Climate protestors hijack coal train

June 16, 2008 at 1:24 am Leave a comment

from The Guardian (<<check out the video)

13 June 2008

NORTH YORKSHIRE, England – A team of activists, dubbed “raiders” by The Guardian’s Martin Wainwright, stalled a coal train headed to Drax power station, the largest coal-fired power plant in Britain, last Friday. The activists came equipped with climbing gear, food and water, and a portable toilet for an open-ended siege against Gordon Brown’s pollution-based economy. The strategy began with agents dressed as maintenance flagging down the train using official safety methods with orange vests and caution flags, then a larger team climbing into the traincars stalled over a bridge, making removal by law enforcement high-risk, resource-intensive, and time-consuming.

Media agents on site were dressed as canaries, orange beaks and yellow feather jackets, delivering the action’s message. The messaging linked the action to the recent series of direct action against Britain’s heaviest polluters, including Heathrow Airport at last year’s Climate Convergence. The action coincides with the international movement for climate justice represented by the worldwide Convergences for Climate Action, with this year’s Southeast Convergence falling on August 5 in Louisa County, Virginia.

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